“ Brand: Lush / Bar / Type: Massage Bar „
I have managed to overcome my Lush addiction - oh yes, it can be done! That said, I do still receive lovely Lush gifts sometimes from friends who are aware of my past obsession. One such gift I received previously is this After 8.30 massage bar, which has been discontinued and was available for some time through the Lush retro line.
After 8.30 is a clever play on words, as this massage bar has a rich chocolate and peppermint scent, just like an After Eight chocolate mint thin. The theme of the massage bar comes together really well with the attention to detail in matching the design to the ingredients. It gives off a gorgeous strong scent that is sweet, refreshing, and very indulgent, and it also looks the part as it takes the shape of a block of chocolate with a layer of raised chunks on the top. The top layer of the massage bar is a creamy white colour and contains white chocolate, and the bottom layer of the massage bar is brown and contains dark chocolate. It looks impressive and I was really pleased to receive it as a gift, because it gives off a special feeling of being a luxurious body treat.
The idea of massage bars is to act as a solid, packaging-free product that is heat responsive and melts down to form a light oily lotion to massage with. You can use these in the place of ordinary massage oils for a Lush massage experience! To prepare, you simply hold the massage bar between your hands and rub gently to allow the heat of your skin to warm the bar. The bar will then start to melt a little and give your hands a lovely smooth coating of oils to be used for the massage. I have found that it can be quicker and easier to get started by rubbing the bar directly over the area of skin you are going to massage, and covering it to get an even distribution that you can work with. Once you get going this After 8.30 massage bar leaves a lovely rich oil behind which is deeply nourishing and makes your skin feel healthy and supple. It is really conditioning to the skin and is perfect for any time that you need pampering with a rich body product. But there are a few negatives. Firstly, the dark chocolate layer at the bottom of the bar makes brown coloured streaks over the skin and creates a lot of mess even if you are repeating motions and rubbing it into the skin. This can be very distracting and ruins the effect of the massage as you can be very conscious of the fact that chocolate is getting everywhere, and you have to be careful to keep it away from any clothing or other fabrics so it doesn't stain. Also, it does take a very long time for the oils to soak fully into the skin, and there will be an oily layer left behind even after the massage has finished. It's best to towel down afterwards before dressing, or just make sure to allow enough time for it to be absorbed and then you can really reap the benefits of the richly moisturising ingredients.
As well as using this as a massage bar, you can also use the bar as a solid body lotion. To do this, simply rub the massage bar directly onto your skin and rub the residue in with your fingertips. As my massage bars near their end I find they become harder to work with as they often break up into small fragments when rubbing between my hands or over my skin. In this case I often save the small broken chunks and use them in a hot bath in place of a bath melt, as they produce a luxurious moisturising oil which is great for the skin and leaves you smelling gorgeous. The real benefit of this is that you get an intensive skin care treatment and no need to moisturise with other body lotion products afterwards.
I do love Lush's massage bars but although this one has a yummy scent and works well on the skin, I can't stand the messy chocolatey marks that it leaves behind during and after use. I could recommend this to die-hard chocaholics, but personally I just find it too messy which ruins the overall effect of an otherwise lovely massage bar.
Ingredients: Cocoa Butter (Theobroma cacao), Dark Chocolate, White Chocolate, Synthetic Musk, Peppermint oil (Mentha piperita), Perfume.
Being a massive chocolate fan with a very sweet tooth (resulting in four filings and a possible two needed), I had to buy this as soon as I saw it. Lush After 8:30 Massage Bar is wrapped up in paper and has a sticky label (used to hold the paper together) which lists the ingredients used. The massage bar has a minty smell and looks realistically like a bar of chocolate. It has white squares on top of a slab of brown (which looks like dark chocolate). Even Madonna has brought a couple of Lush After 8:30 Massage Bar from one of Lush's branches in London.
What was it like to use?
Lush After 8:30 Massage Bar, was very rich, minty and.......messy. It left my skin feeling nice and soft but also left marks around the bath. A while I started using the massage bar I knew that I had made a big mistake. I was not looking forward to cleaning the bath out afterwards, due to the soap staining the bath. It was a nightmare scrubbing around the bath afterwards!
Apart from that did it work?
Yes it did though I felt like I needed another bath afterwards as the massage bar was a bit too rich and left my skin feeling sticky as the soap hadn't washed off properly. Not to be used unless you want to end up staining your bath and your towel.
Good at the time but you end up paying afterwards..............hmmm
Ingredients: Cocoa Butter (Theobroma cacao), Dark Chocolate, White Chocolate, Synthetic Musk, Peppermint oil (Mentha piperita), Perfume.
After 8:30 Massage Bar is suitable for vegetarians.
A good idea Lush, but not very practical.
When I made an online order for some Lush products recently, I picked up a couple of massage bars from the Retro range. One of these was After 8.30, which I'd wanted to try for a while - it had great reviews on this site, contained white and dark chocolate, and had celebrity endorsement - Madonna apparently picked up a few back in the day before they were Retro!
The massage bar is designed to look like a chocolate bar, being rectangular in shape with a chocolate square pattern on the top. Most of it is creamy white in colour, resembling white chocolate, while the bottom layer is darker. It really does look just like a bar of chocolate! Sadly the bar is not suitable for vegans (but as always is suitable for vegetarians), although it has an impressively minimal list of ingredients: cocoa butter, white chocolate, dark chocolate, peppermint oil, synthetic musk and perfume.
At £4.05 the bar is one of the cheapest available, but when I received it I realised why - it is very small, about 5cm in width. It smelled amazing though - just like peppermint chocolate, or indeed After Eights! I couldn't get over how much it looked and smelled like a chocolate bar. Be careful not to keep it near your usual chocolate supply otherwise you may well end up eating it by mistake!
I couldn't wait to use it, and decided to give it a go one night after a shower. Normally with Lush massage bars, I rub one between my hands until the oils melts, and then rub them over my body, but with this particular massage bar I was slightly concerned by the layer of chocolate on the bottom (and yes, it was ACTUAL chocolate - I couldn't resist having a taste!). Therefore, I rubbed the white end directly onto my skin instead.
Well, this worked for a very short time but as the massage bar got warmer I noticed that my hand was covered in chocolate! It was also rather slippy so I ended up throwing caution to the wind and used the massage bar in the normal manner. Thus I ended up looking as though I had smeared chocolate all over myself! The bar melted reasonably easily but not too much. I found the white area to be very moisturising but the brown area less so, possibly because it was actually chocolate and contained less cocoa butter than the white part (which is much larger, to be fair).
After I used the massage bar I had to be sure to put on proper pyjamas and a dressing gown in case my parents asked me what on earth I had been doing!
I've continued to use the massage bar, and it has lasted reasonably well: I've used it about five times now, and still have enough for one or two more uses. Another way of using the remnants of the massage bar is as a bath melt, but as I have plenty of bath products from Lush waiting to be used I probably won't do this! I've found that the bar (with the exception of the brown bit) is very moisturising and my skin feels soft right up to the next day when I use it. It also smells lovely on my skin, like peppermint chocolate, and the smell is not overpowering.
Despite the massage bar's good points, of which there are several, I won't be buying this one again. The layer of dark chocolate is just too messy - I can understand why the bar was discontinued and replaced with Soft Coeur, which also contains chocolate but has a dark centre as opposed to a dark layer, meaning you don't get covered in brown streaks. If you would like to try the bar, it can be obtained online via the Lush Retro range but be aware that you will get covered in brown bits - unless of course you scrape the brown layer off and eat it - it is chocolate after all!
I adore the Lush massage bars.
The only problem with them,from my perspective,is that I have naturally cold hands so they take ages to melt in mine or need to be blasted with a hair dryer to melt!
This bar is a bit less melty than the others I've used and the shape of it makes it a bit more fiddly to use.
The solution,I've found,to both problems,is to cut it up into little chunks and use just one at a time.
Warm it up in your hands to release the peppermint scent to make you and your lover go ''Ooh,ain't that nice?'' and to wake you up - I use this as a morning massage-bar to give me a little get-up-and-go!
As you smoothe it into the skin,the scent of chocolate comes out to meet with the peppermint reminding you of why this is called ''After 8.30''. You will smell just like the namesake,and you may end up craving one.
This does leave your skin feeling quite soft and smoothe,although not as much as my two favourite massage bars (Sexy Boy and Soft Coeur)
I'd say,though,that the peppermint-chocolate scent is the main selling point to this rather than the actual moisturisation.
Buy it if you like After Eights,chocolate,mint or just if you fancy something to wake you (and your partner!) up in the morning.
Ask anyone to name a Lush product and they'll probably come up with either the bath ballistics or Lush's wide range of soaps. Lush's massage bars are one of those hidden treasures that perhaps deserve a little bit more publicity than they get a present. From the sensual to the fun Lush probably have a massage bar to suit all. The range includes massage bars that will cover you and your partner in glitter such as the iridescent glitterbug or the shimmy shimmy glitterbug.Ease away aches and pains with the therapy bar or the wicky magic muscles and most definitely spice things up a bit in the bedroom department with bars like Black Magic or the After 8.30 bar. Prices range from £2.95 to £5.95 Lush's After 8.30 massage bar like it's more famous name sake the After Eight mint chocolate relies heavily on peppermint oils to awaken the senses and as Lush put it liven things up after 8.30! The bar looks for all purposes just like a bar of dark and white chocolate. With an upper layer mimicking a bar of white chocolate complete with wedges that look as if they could be broken up into pieces and popped into your mouth for a quick nibble! Obviously this wouldn't be recommended! The bottom layer again mimics a bar of dark chocolate with a flat smooth surface.Weighing in at 50g of sensual fun and with a price tag of £3.10, this little bar is perhaps a bit more expensive than your average bar of chocolate. But is definitely more fun and one chocolate bar you won't mind sharing! As with all Lush's products packaging is kept to a minimum and this little beauty is simply put into a small plastic bag for you to take home. I do believe that it is also available wrapped just like a bar of chocolate, but in the Lush shop in Leeds only unwrapped versions were available at the time of purchasing. With added cocoa b
utter, dark chocolate, white chocolate, synthetic musk and lashings of peppermint oil the first thing that really does hit you is the incredibly natural peppermint smell, on further sniffing a very faint whiff of chocolate can be smelt. Lush recommend that the bar is rubbed between warm hands and then as it melts into massage oils, the oils should be massaged sensually into the body. Never being one to look a gift horse in the mouth I readily accepted the offer of a massage accompanied with a glass or two of fizz well it wouldn't be nice not to would it? The massage bar actually takes rather along time to melt even with the most warmest of hands,the white chocolate side definitely melts faster than the dark chocolate side. But lets just say the wait is most definitely worth it! Patience is definitely a virtue in some instances. What you notice first of all as the chocolaty massage oil is being massaged into your skin is an incredible tingling sensation this may or may not be due to the massage bar, followed by that wonderful awakening peppermint smell which awakens the senses with every stroke.When warmed the peppermint definitely smells more distinctive than when it's in the wrapper. Once the initial peppermint smell has died down if you sniff your skin you'll smell a lovely chocolate musky smell. As the oils are being lovingly massaged in you'll definitely find it a most pleasurable experience and one you'll want to repeat. Most massage bars will give you at least three 30 minute sessions of sensual fun! With any good thing it does have to come to an end unfortunately! With a sense of well being and having been totally pampered, I noticed that my skin felt incredibly soft and moisturized. The oils from the bar were readily absorbed into my skin so I wasn't left with skin that was too laden with a layer of grease. The delicate aroma was most ple
asing to the nose and lasted for along time afterwards. Even after a long steamy shower you could still make out the smell faintly. Unfortunately due to the fact that the after 8.30 bar contains dark chocolate it does need to be massaged thoroughly into the skin, Lush do recommend that bedding is protected just in case of stains.These are easily washed out on a normal machine wash should any accidents happen! But apart from soft music, a chilled bottle of vino and dimmed lights no other preparation is really needed! Obviously your After 8.30 experience is going to be further enhanced if you're lucky enough to have the massage done by a pair of hands with that all important magic touch! All I can say is Lush definitely lived up to the advertising blurb with this little gem -things definitely livened up!!! Recommended by the Nursey but not just for After 8.30! ;o)
A light and dark chocolate massage bar to liven up the evening after a cosy dinner for two /